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Place de la Bastille, Paris
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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Make Place de la Bastille part of your personalized Paris itinerary using our Paris itinerary planner.
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  • The place of the Bastille is famous for is grouping spontaneous but also for its beauty! It's a little "2nd place of the Parisian star"! You will find the famous opera bastille for a cultural and musical evening unique, and I advise you to eat after your concert at the restaurant Indiana in front! Its Mexican and Hispanic specialties are a treat with affordable menus and impeccable service! Enjoy!
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  • The place de la Bastille is a regular site of different fairs, concerts and markets. It is very popular nights on Fridays and Saturdays for the youth of the Parisian outskirts by its numerous cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. The place de la Bastille is the point of departure or end of numerous social, political, or trade union demonstrations. Its symbolism stems, among other things, the holding of the main socialist political victories.
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  • Nearby the last remain of the Bastille is the place de la Bastille. This used to be a huge prison, now it is just a memory from the past. This square has a high pillar with a golden statue on the top....  more »